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The Year We Fell From Space

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  124 reviews
The deeply affecting next book from acclaimed author Amy Sarig King.

Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they've been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She's an exception.

Some other exceptions:

Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Elizabeth Mellen No, not for the main character. She does allude to adult activities, but with no more graphic detail than something like "I do know what adults do in…moreNo, not for the main character. She does allude to adult activities, but with no more graphic detail than something like "I do know what adults do in beds other than sleeping" So nothing that would concern me with a younger middle grade reader. (less)

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Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
So yep, I’ve just read a Middle Grade book that was so good I’d recommend to adults. A lot can be learnt from this story.

A family that breaks up.

The constellation in the sky seems on track, planned and focused.

But when the parents split, a rock falls to earth. A heavy burden for the kids in that relationship to handle.

Dad has his mental health problem that afflicts him. But did they really break up because of that?

This is a well written well thought out story that I flew through within two
Neil (or bleed)
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Year We Fell From Space is a well-written, moving middle grade novel about divorce and mental health. Specifically, this is the story of children stuck in the middle of their parents' divorce and how they are affecting by this separation.

Liberty's character is realistic and genuine yet quite infuriating, at times. But it's understandable as she is experiencing a bad thing, which is the divorce of her parents.

She's acting irrational as a way to cope and process all of these things and it's
Shaye Miller
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is not getting nearly the attention it deserves, in my opinion. It's primarily about how divorce impacts an entire family. But the main character, Liberty, is so clever and her coping mechanisms are fascinating. Everyone in the family is in pain. There are a lot of tears, but I appreciated that there were no flat characters. The relationships are realistic and everyone makes fairly normal mistakes. The word "space" in the title is a metaphor for belonging. And when a child loses their ...more
Ms. Yingling
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Liberty's parents are both interested in hiking, camping and out door pursuits; her mother writes about these things, and her father introduced her to astronomy. Liberty likes to draw star maps and create her own, modern constellations. Her father struggles with depression, and when the parents separate and he moves out, he doesn't follow through on visitations, and it's a long time until the girls see him. In the meantime, Liberty finds what she thinks is a
Garance J. Bonadonna (The Nerdy Artivist)

I'm not sure where to start...
This book is absolutely wonderful, and I can't wait for it to come out so I can share it with you guys.

This is the story of Liberty, 12, stars mapmaker. This is the story of her parents divorcing and how it felt like falling from space. This is the story of a meteor. This is the story of how mental health should be seen vs how stigma tarnishes it. This is the story of life.

This is the second book I read by A.S. King and it certainly won't be the last.
It is so
Another solid addition to King's catalog. Full of heart and humor, all the while tackling the very serious subjects of divorce, depression and dealing with emotions.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't stress how important I think it is to be talking about mental health at a young age. The stats are so high for middle schoolers and elementary schoolers dealing with mental health issues and it's impossibly hard to know what's supposed to be normal at that age. I think King did a great job here of introducing depression and talking about it in an adult way through a story that speaks to kids. She defined it, talked about different types, showed different manifestations, and found various ...more
I read this in one sitting.

And then I read it again.

Liberty is 12 years old and reeling from her parents' separation. She's outside working on a star map (on which she creates her own constellations, which help her to focus her mind and process things) when a meteorite comes from the sky. Liberty wants her parents to reconcile, and bargains with the night sky, with the meteorite, to make it happen. It doesn't. She can't find the constellations in the maps from the week her dad moved out. She
Coming October 2019. At 12 years old, Liberty uses her star maps, which she uses to find new constellations. She really needs this coping mechanism since Dad moved out, but for the first time it's failing her. How can she explore, name, react and fix what is happening without it? Such an important book for everyone--but a way in for those who love preteens to start conversations around emotions, where they come from, what they reveal, and what it means to deal with them in various (helpful and ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-fiction, arc, own
Great middle school novel dealing with divorce and depression.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Sixth grader Liberty dreams of creating constellations, drawing maps of stars whenever she can. Then her parents announce separation. Her dad moves out, languishing in chronic depression. Her younger sister Jill won’t leave the house. Liberty fights and constantly gets in trouble.

THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE tackles divorce, mental illness, bullying and other serious issues that affect middle grade readers. Amy Sarig King AKA as YA writer AS King (which I thought had to be a pen name not
Ives Phillips
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tale following the despair of divorce and how it damages everyone, The Year We Fell From Space does more than explore the manifestation of mental illness in both children and adults, it it paints it in big, red letters on a banner and waves it; it blares it from the speakers loud and clear, until people can't keep sweeping the existence of mental illness under the rug and politely ignore the large bump in the middle of the room.

Every part of this book was a punch to the gut, which is a rare
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honest and insightful middle grade novel that shows us a picture of a family torn apart by depression and divorce.
Laura Gardner
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 for The Year We Fell From Space, a strange, but deeply affecting #mglit novel about the pain of divorce and how it impacts the entire family.

@as_king_ knows how to break your heart with words. Liberty's pain and emotions about her parents' divorce (which is introduced on page 1!) is so hard to watch and of course that's what makes it realistic. She talks to the meteorite she's keeping in her room about the possibility of her parents getting back together even as part of her realizes that
Laura Ungureanu
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Liberty is a witty little girl. She has a strange way of coping with her parents' divorce. She draws maps of the stars and instead of connecting the old constellations, she connects the dots in some new way, creating different patterns. It's a piece of what her father taught her, which is helpful now that she doesn't see him anymore.
This book deals with divorce, depression, secrets, and bullying. Every one of these subjects is treated in a wonderful way. I can't even begin to describe, you just
I received an ARC of this book at BEA 2019. It was excellent. A.S. King writes the story of 12-year-old Liberty's experience with the separation/divorce of her parents. Liberty's dad has depression, it has effected their family. He moves out and so begins the year they fell from space. Liberty has problems with bully's in school and fears she has depression like her father. Liberty wants to help everyone in her family (her parents and little sister), but she also has to learn to help herself. ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heart-tugging book about divorce and mental illness and lies and friendship. Anyone who deals with kids should read this to get a look at how depression can affect young people. And the author's note has possibly life-saving information about where children, teens, parents, and teachers can go to get help.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, libby, middle-grade
I really loved this book. Let me preface this by saying I'm a 49 year old woman with two teenagers. I chose this book predominantly because it fit prompts in a couple of monthly reading challenges I'm in, "a book with a constellation in it" and "middle grades". So going into it I really didn't know a whole lot about the book.

Wow I was really moved by this book. The main character Liberty is reeling from her parents divorce. She and her father have always shared a love of the stars and drawing
Nadia King
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Year We Fell From Space is Amy Sarig King’s second middle-grade novel. The world falls apart when Liberty Johansen’s parents sit her and her sister down to tell them her dad is moving out.

But Liberty’s dad is the person who the budding-astronomer shared her star gazing with, he was her “guiding star”. Everything changes the day Liberty’s dad leaves, it was like Liberty fell from space.

What really struck me about this book was the way King (no relation to me) portrayed Liberty’s internal
Betty F
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Liberty is such a wonderful girl and this story about your emotions, complicated family dynamics that make you question what you know and knew and just figuring out your thoughts as you experience things is so important. Liberty, and her sister Jilly are dealing with the weirdness of their parents divorcing and how being 12 and 10 does mean they still know what the heck is going on. Appreciate the openness about mental health and how their dad's depression played a large role in the break and ...more
Excellent portrayal of a family going through a divorce, told from 12-year-old Liberty’s perspective. She has a love of the stars and draws very accurate star maps with her own constellations, believing that everyone sees different things in the stars, an idea I love. Lots of emotion in this story, with good grownups to help her. Great relationship with Jilly, her younger sister too. Helpful information in the author’s note about sources of help for mental health issues as well as an app that ...more
Elizabeth Mellen
This was not exactly what I was expecting, I didn't know there was mental health rep. My one big issue was the talking meteorite. I don't feel like that was ever resolved - is she hallucinating? Is she treating it as an imaginary friend and knows it's fake? Her feelings and mood are addressed, but I was so anxious for her when that rock started "talking".

The Dad pissed me off so bad, I'm glad there was some growth but there were so many moments he was just failing and I was upset for the
Holly Allen
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I didn’t really expect to be giving this book five stars. Sure, lots of people said it was fabulous but I kind of had my doubts since it was a middle grade book. I definitely shouldn’t have. It’s a wonderful book- beautifully written and well paced. This would be a wonderful way to introduce the discussion of mental health to a young person/ child, though as an adult I still found it entertaining.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So good! Liberty is dealing with her parents divorce and has stopped drawing her star maps that she and her dad used to draw together. A good story about a parent dealing with mental illness without being an issue book that’s only about the parent. I loved the scenes with the meteorite. Liberty is a kid going through a hard time not coping well, and trying to figure out the adults in her life.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, middle-grade
hmm I think I prefer AS King's YA stuff to her middle grade books because she can be weirder there. Still, this is a solid middle-grade book that frankly deals with depression, both of a parent and a child. There's a lot of empathy here for all the characters, and especially some explicit unpacking of "not like other girls" syndrome. Also a good, middle-grade appropriate start on dismantling the patriarchy vis-a-vis things like "boy lunchboxes."
Ria the Reader
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 .

Review to come!
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt like crying the entire time I read this. It's perfect.
Kristin Lenz
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
So well done in every way.
Jennie Smith
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Amy King for so many reasons and this book just adds to the list. This book broke my heart into one million pieces, mended it, and gave me strength. I cannot wait to share it with my students and my friends.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
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A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed I CRAWL THROUGH IT, Walden Award winner GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, REALITY BOY, 2013 LA Times Book Prize winner ASK THE PASSENGERS, 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories ...more